Courier Press

Wed
24
Sep

New Wauzeka trail

 

Wauzeka to have new 

bicycling, walking trail

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Wauzeka will soon have a multi-use trail for the benefit of all citizens. Construction for the approximately half-mile-long trail is expected to begin late this week or early next week. 

Tue
23
Sep

Linda Schulkamp

 

Linda Schulkamp, 64, former owner/operator of the Valley View Inn and West Grant High School board member, has passed away. 

Linda and her family were residents of Grant County for many years and met wonderful customers at the Valley View Inn who became friends. Linda employed many West Grant students and taught them about work ethic and success. 

Linda is survived by her husband, Dan; her children, David and Darcie; and her grandchildren, Isaiah and Hayden.

Tue
23
Sep

Jenny Jeanne (Conlon) Manning

 

Jenny Jeanne (Conlon) Manning, 51, of Harpers Ferry, Iowa died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, Sept. 21, at her home. 

She was born on Nov. 23, 1962 to Rodger and Ann (Koenig) Conlon in Dubuque, Iowa. Jenny graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa. She also attended Capri College for Cosmetology and graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, with a business degree. Jenny settled in McGregor, and worked as a cosmetologist in her own shop, “Jenny’s Shear Magic,” where she enjoyed her elderly clientele and the surrounding community.

Mon
22
Sep

Mississippi Mud Run


Participants logged in a rewarding and fun time at the Mississippi Mud Run Friday morning.

The four-mile course became a tiring experience.

Three competitors go through and over a pair of concrete tubes Friday morning during the Mississippi Mud Run on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

These three young women have a great time getting down and dirty as they wallow through a mud hole during the fourth annual Mississippi Mud Run Saturday morning on St. Feriole Island. All proceeds from the Mud Run go toward the construction of Phase II of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.
Mon
22
Sep

River Ridge Homecoming


The Timberwolves' Brock Kazda hauls in a pass down the left sideline. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The River Ridge ballcarrier runs up the middle.

River Ridge plows forward Friday night.

The Timberwolves' Ryan Redman (31) fights for extra yardage.

 

Miners 

top Timberwolves

Shullsburg defeated River Ridge 56-23 during the Timberwolves’ Homecoming game Friday night in Bloomington. 

The Miners scored on a 15-yard fumble return to get on the board first 6-0 in the opening quarter. Shullsburg then scored on a 21-yard run to increase the margin to 12-0 after one period. 

Mon
22
Sep

Seneca Homecoming


Seneca’s Nick Payne (88) finds good running room along the right sideline against visiting Kickapoo-La Farge during the Seneca Homecoming football game Friday night. Unfortunately, KLF prevailed 41-6 in the contest. (Football photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca’s Brady Fernette surveys the field as he drops back to pass Friday night.

Brady Fernette runs behind the block of Cody Ostrander.

 

KLF too 

much for 

Seneca 

gridders

Kickapoo-La Farge defeated host Seneca 41-6 Friday night during Seneca’s Homecoming football game. 

Mon
22
Sep

Long lost love letter

Love letter
This is what remains of a letter sent by an unknown man to Miss Loretta Tierney on July 25, 1898. The letter was found in a wall at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mystery, romance, intrigue, inquiring minds want to know. 

What appears to be a 116-year-old love letter was found recently by Rodney and Rita Jones in a wall of the house they are remodeling at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
22
Sep

Man charged: operating a car without owner’s consent

A 27-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Donald J. Tweedy faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, Tweedy drove off in his mother’s vehicle without her consent on June 3, sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

On June 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle was involved in a high-speed chase in Grant County and was stopped by the use of stop sticks in the city of Platteville. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot and were not located, according to the complaint.

On June 11, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy interviewed Tweedy who admitted he had taken his mother’s car, a 1998 Mustang, without her consent, the complaint said.

Mon
22
Sep

Local man charged with his fifth OWI

A 61-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Donald D. Lasse faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 26 at 11:53 p.m., a Prairie du Chien police officer saw a car traveling north on Marquette Road with no front or back license plates. The vehicle’s lights also went off for about five seconds and then came back on. The officer stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by Lasse. Lasse was subsequently placed under arrest for OWI.

Lasse has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

Mon
22
Sep

Fifty years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien


On Vineyard Coulee Road, eight-inch steel natural gas main is installed in 1964. This picture looks east in the vicinity of the current South Marquette Road and Vineyard Road intersection.

In 1989, Wisconsin Southern Gas celebrated the 25th anniversary of local natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. Shown giving away a deluxe gas grill are Patricia Hill, Mark Oehler (current district manager-Prairie du Chien for MGE), Ross Bushnell (retired, former district manager), Elmer Wisnefsky (retired) and Bob Valley (former district manager). Pat Hill and Robert Valley are now deceased.

The gas company’s office is shown five years after it opened at the former Commerce Court Mall (now Blackhawk Junction) in 1964.

An unknown individual is shown installing gas main in Prairie du Chien in 1964.

Fifty years ago, on July 23, 1964, natural gas turn-on ceremonies were held at the Wisconsin Southern Gas Company gate station on Vineyard Coulee Road. In attendance (pictured, from left) were former Prairie du Chien Mayor Edward Farrell; the company’s former president Kenneth D. Knoblock (deceased); and now retired Prairie du Chien manager for propane operations Alex McEwan.

This was some sort of celebration at the WIscosnin Propane Gas Corp. office on Blackhawk Ave. Names of the individuals are not known.

Bill Wachuta, serviceman for Wisconsin Propane Gas Corp. and eventually Wisconsin Southern Gas, is pictured by an old pump.

This summer marked 50 years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. While a lot has changed since 1964, the reliable natural gas service that comes with friendly customer service has withstood the test of time.

“Congratulations to the people of Prairie du Chien on 50 years of natural gas. MGE is happy to be a part of that history, and we take great pride in bringing a safe, reliable and affordable energy source, to customers in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area,” said John Yogerst, assistant vice president of gas operations, for MGE.

At the time of the turn-on ceremony on July 23, 1964, there were 1,055 residential and commercial customers signed up for natural gas service in Prairie du Chien.

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